Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Scott Jurek: My Soon-to-Be BFF

If you've ever read my blog, you've probably noticed that I am slightly obsessed with Scott Jurek.  He is my vegan running inspiration.  His incredible athleticism paired with his integrity make him a great role model and someone I deeply admire.  He is one of the most modest athletes out there, in my opinion, and one of the greatest.  I loved him even before I went vegan and he was one of the many factors that helped me flip the switch.  Scott is even the reason I started wearing Brooks!


You might remember Angela getting this poster signed for me back in Chicago before the Chicago Marathon.  I was thrilled to receive this and it now resides over my treadmill as inspiration during those tough speed sessions.

He wrote, "run long and always with heart."
That is why I was beyond thrilled to receive an unexpected package yesterday from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers.  Inside was an advance copy of Scott Jurek's new book (on sale June 5th) Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness and a letter from Christina, the Publicity Manager.  In the letter Christina offered me the chance to interview Scott for this very blog on June 16th when he is in San Diego. Are you kidding me?  Dream come true! 

In 'Eat and Run', Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career—as an elite athlete and a vegan—and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his world-spanning, record-breaking races—Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart all the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Chock full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition as well as fascinating science and accessible practical advice—including his own favorite plant-based recipes—'Eat and Run' will motivate everyone to “go the distance,” whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding their food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of their own potential.

I am dying to crack this book open when I get home tonight!

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Running Update:  I had my second visit with Dr. Todd and he performed some more ART on my foot, calf and peroneal tendon. I felt like a million bucks when I walked out of his office.  I have been gradually increasing mileage and starting to feel like myself again!  Last night, I did 6x800s for a total of 6 miles and today I feel fantastic!  I am such a big believer in ART now.  

Next on my racing agenda is a 5k on June 16th.  Several of my colleagues will be there because our organization is a beneficiary of the event, so I want to do well.  It's a funny little thing called pride.  Two years ago I was the second overall female at this race, and let's be honest, there is no way that will happen this year.  But wouldn't it be awesome if it did?  I would look so cool in front of my co-workers!  Eh, oh well.

I've been enjoying some great trail runs with Angela and loving the hills.  Those words sound strange coming out of my mouth, but I've been embracing the hills and dare I say, enjoying them. 

I received the Brooks Ghost 5 in the mail the other day and did my 800s in them.  Putting on a new pair of shoes quickly made me realize how badly I needed to toss my old ones.  My old Ghosts were completely worn out.  

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 If you had the opportunity to meet any athlete, who would you meet?

What questions should I ask Scott Jurek? 

48 comments:

  1. I read his book this weekend, really well-written!

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  2. I'm a long time reader who normally don't comment but this is super awesome!!!! looking forward to your thoughts on the book and of course your interview

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  3. Oh yeah!! Loved the recent RW article on Sj--so so so cool you received a copy of his book!

    Yay for progress!! Glad you are gradually back to running and EMBRACING hills!

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  4. Haven't yet read his book, but it's on my to do list. Just got an email from Fleet Feet that here is going to be at an event there on June 7th, there is a 4 mile run, a book signing, and he and Chris McDougall are actually going to be speaking. Hoping to attend!

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  5. I read that book a few weeks ago and it's pretty good! He's definitely more humble than some of the other runners who have written books and it's never preachy, rather more of "here's what I do." Can't wait for your interview!

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  6. AWESOME!
    I'm jealous, but very VERY happy for you!

    If I could ask any question, I'd want to know if SJ ever gets annoyed by people's questions: "isn't being vegan hard?" and "isn't it hard to run for so long?"
    And the follow up - if he does get annoyed, how does he deal with it (and if not, how did he become a saint)? ;)

    Any athlete ever?
    Katherine Switzer or Babe Didrikson (for obvious reasons)

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  7. I would like to read his book. I'd be interested to hear what he eats for breakfast to give him all of that energy for his long trail runs. Is he the one who would eat salads when he woke up?

    The color combination on those shoes has be wanting them!

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  8. oh my goodness, so awesome! i can't wait to read the book. and i am sooo excited for you to get to meet him and interview him!

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  9. I'm so glad to hear Dr. Todd's visits are helping. I'm starting to see a chiropractor for accupunture myself. There is so much trust needed when you need help with an injury.

    The athlete I would love to meet is Ed Whitlock. He is around 80 and still running marathons strong. I saw him last year 3:15 and it inspired me to start running. I've always wanted to thank him for that inspiration.

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  10. If you had the opportunity to meet any athlete, who would you meet?
    I would have liked to meet “Caballo Blanco” (Micah True). I started reading “Born to Run” just after he disappeared, less than two months ago now, but knowing nothing at all about him at that time. That was last 31rst of March (and he was lost at 27th March). A couple of days later he would appear dead. Is it just a coincidence?

    Besides, there are some other Spaniards athletes like Chema Martinez, Martin Fiz or Fabian Roncero who I’d like to meet some day. They are a reference for many of us here.

    What questions should I ask Scott Jurek?
    Have you ever tried Jamon Ibérico? (It’s a joke… some people, not Spaniards, even not being vegs, put rather ugly faces the first time they see it. Later on, they’d love it).

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  11. Wow, am I ever jealous of you getting to sit down with Scott. Can I come and just sit in the corner of the room in awe?

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  12. That is awesome...can't wait to read your interview. And I want to check out that book as well.

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  13. That is SO exciting you got an advance copy of his book AND get to interview him! I can't wait to read it!
    I'm anxiously awaiting his book release. My husband's vegan and a runner who wants to move into the ultra world.
    I'd love to meet and hang out with Chrissie Wellington. She's such an amazing athlete and role model, and so down to earth. I just started her book this morning and was tempted to call in sick so I could read it!

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  14. How very exciting for you! I can't wait to read your interview!

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  15. How exciting about the interview! And to totally ignore your question and answer something else - I have to thank you for getting me over the hump about the ART. I had heard about it, read about it, talked to some others about it, but reading about your success (at the same time as another blogger's recently) I decided to give it a whirl. Oh my goodness, I've never hurt so good!

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  16. Can't wait to read the book! I use many of his recipes often :)

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